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Today's News

  • American Legion Hosts Dinner

    The American Legion Post 90 in Los Alamos hosted a dinner Sept. 30 for the participants of the American Legion Boys State/Girls State program earlier this year at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.  The invitees included the families of the participants and the local sponsors of the event. County Council Chair Sharon Stover and Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt also attended.
    The Boys State participants included Conlan McCoy, Benjamin Mitsunaga, Kyle Partin, Cory Geyer and Aaron Roybal. The Girls State participant was Amanda Milligan. Beta Sigma Phi City Council, BPOE 2083 Elks Lodge of Los Alamos, Zia Credit Union and The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club were sponsors.
    Back row, left to right, Vernon Kerr, chairman Boys State Los Alamos; William J. cooper, commander Post 90; Shaughnessy Nadeau, Unit 90 president; Marie Todd, chairwoman Girls State Los Alamos.
    Front row, left to right, Aaron Roybal, Kyle Partin, Cory Geyer, Conlon McCoy, Benjamin Mitsunaga. Not pictured: Girls State participant Amanda Milligan.

  • LAHS students honored

    Los Alamos High School Principal Sandy Warnock announced this week that nine students have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.  
    A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, were presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.
    They are Daniel Hill, Gabriel Intrator, Johnny Jacobs, Simona Martin, Emily McClenahan, Danielle Parsons, Maria Sandoval, Jessica Bohn and Samuel Baty.
    About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
    Although they will not continue in the 2012 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

  • LANL Foundation to host conference

    A team called the “rock stars” of education will present at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s 15th Annual Conference on Education from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12 at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Conference Center.
    Dr. Harry K. Wong and Dr. Rosemary Wong, authors of the best-selling book, “The First Days of School,” will present the keynote session on “Effective Teaching.” Dr. Jeff Goldstein, director of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and a popular Huffington Post tweeter, will be the afternoon speaker.
    Harry Wong has been called “Mr. Practicality” for his common sense, research-based, no-cost approach to managing a classroom for student success. He is credited with renewing entire schools and rescuing frustrated teachers. 
    The speakers will address two audiences. Oct. 11 is open to public school teachers in Northern New Mexico. Oct.12 is a special presentation to schools participating in LANL Foundation’s Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC): Dulce, Española, Mesa Vista, Peñasco, Pojoaque, Santa Fe and Springer.
    Registration, including, breakfast, lunch and conference materials, is $70 per person for non-ISEC educators and is available at lanlfoundation.org.

  • County seeks developer

    Los Alamos County has issued a Request for  Qualifications (RFQ) to select a developer in the design and construction of a full-service convention center facility in the downtown district of Los Alamos.

    The county is soliciting a developer for a  business conference facility (8,000-20,000-square feet), to include flexible meeting and event space combined with first-class dining and lodging facilities that will compete favorably with other “Class A” conference and lodging facilities in Northern New Mexico, and provide a local venue for special events-amenities for which there is significant demand in Los Alamos according to a recent market feasibility study conducted earlier this year by Atlanta-based Strategic Advisory Group.

    Currently, Los Alamos is losing as much as $4 million in annual conference and lodging business nearby casino resorts as well as to Class A lodging and conference facilities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, according to representatives from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and other federal agencies and businesses interviewed as part of the study.

    The proposed project aims to recapture that business by providing a full-service facility that will serve LANL and its corporate clients and contractors, as well as other discerning short- and long-stay guests.

  • Update 10-04-12

    Night in Italy

    Tickets are available for “A Night in Italy” fundraiser for Assets in Action. The event takes place Oct. 20 at the Hilltop House Hotel. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit youth development programs. Additional information is available by calling 661-4846 or by email at AssetsInAction.info.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    Elk Festival

    The Valles Caldera will hold its annual event Oct. 6-14 with the headquarters at the Visitor Center. Daily festival activities will include elk viewing, elk education booths and various demonstration booths. This event is free and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

    Candidate forums

    The League of Women Voters will have a candidates’ forum for the county council and county clerk candidates as well as the Charter amendments today. The forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, with refreshments at 6:30.

    Bulk item pickup

  • LANL tops shipping record in first year

    In the first year of an effort to accelerate shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Los Alamos National Laboratory topped its own record with 59 more shipments than planned and it also became one of the largest shippers of this type of nuclear waste in the country.

    “Our goal this fiscal year was to send 184 shipments to WIPP,” said Lee Bishop, TRU waste manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Site Office, “and we finished the fiscal year in September with 230 shipments, surpassing Los Alamos’ all-time record by nearly 60 shipments.”
    Los Alamos’ previous record was 171 shipments, set last year.

    In an agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the Department of Energy, Los Alamos has committed to removing 3,706 cubic meters of TRU waste stored above ground by June 30, 2014.

    The laboratory removed 916 cubic meters of waste from its stored inventory this year, more than its goal of 800 cubic meters. It plans to more than double that effort during fiscal year 2013, which began Oct. 1, with a goal of shipping 1,800 cubic meters by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2013. The final 1,106 cubic meters will be shipped by June 30, 2014.

  • In Other Council Business...

    • Council issued a proclamation declaring Oct. 27 as “Health Awareness and Wellness Day,” which was presented to members of the Los Alamos Heart Council. The Los Alamos Heart council has its annual Health Fair from 8 a.m.–noon on Oct. 27 at Griffith Gym.
    • Council also issued a proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Have 2 Ways Out” and encourages Los Alamos County residents to be prepared in case of a fire in their home.
    • Council also approved the exchange of approximately 2,543 square feet of right-of-way land owned by the county for approximately 3,370 square feet of land owned by the Los Alamos Public Schools. The schools will attain land on which they have built a retaining wall and fence and the county will receive land on which it has a bus pull out, bus shelter and utility infrastructure.

  • ‘County Line’ remains online

    The Los Alamos County council weighed the cost/benefits of reinstituting a monthly mailing of the “County Line” newsletter to every household and voted 5-1 against the idea.

    The cost to re-institute the print newsletter is estimated to be $48,000 per year and rising as postal rates continue to escalate.

    Public Information Officer Julie Habiger will instead increase efforts to have citizens subscribe to the weekly online newsletter and work with local organizations to reach those who lack computer access.

    The debate centered around the issues of an informed public versus cost and demands on staff time.  

    Council first debated whether to finance an extension of the printed newsletter during budget hearings in April. The project had been funded for two years to establish it within the community, with the original intention of moving to an online-only version.

    Council voted not to include the newsletter in the FY 13 budget, but asked for a re-evaluation of the online “County Line” in six months.

    Rental agreements for specialized equipment to apply address labels and labeling software expired in March and the equipment was returned. No space was allotted in the new Municipal Building’s media services space for the 8-foot-by-3-foot piece of equipment.

  • Top 10 Singles 10-04-12

    1. One More Night, Maroon 5

    2. Gangnam Style, Psy

    3. Some Nights, fun.
    4. We Are Never Ever Getting Back
    Together, Taylor Swift

    5. Blow Me (One Last Kiss), P!nk
    6. Whistle, Flo Rida

    7. As Long As You Love Me, Justin Bieber
    8. Good Time, Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
    9. Too Close, Alex Clare
    10. Lights, Ellie Goulding

  • Off the Hill 10-04-12

    Art exhibits

    The fourth biennial Taos Art Glass Invitational and Walking on Glass Tour will be through Sunday. They are both featured events in Taos’ “Grand Fall Arts,” a series of art-related events in September and October. For more information, visit tiganm.org or call Delinda VanneBrightyn at 575-613-6484.

    Art openings

    Weyrich Gallery presents an opening for “Copper Red Porcelain,” new porcelain work by Kathryne Cyman, from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday at 2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-883-7410.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces two exhibits, David Kapp’s “West/East Los Angeles/New York,” paintings; and Michael Petry’s “Joshua D’s wall and Recent Works,” glass sculpture. An opening reception for both exhibits will be from 5-7 p.m. at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.
    Art tours

    The Madrid and Cerrillos Studio Tour will start with a preview party and auction Friday at the Engine House Theater in Madrid. The tour will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13-14. For more information, visit madridcerrillosstudiotour.com.